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Toilet paper to the left or right?

I just repainted my bathroom, and at the same time decided to replace the toilet paper dispenser. I patched the holes from the previous TP holder, so I'm starting with a clean slate. I'm at the ...
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What would cause a slight thumping noise in water pipes on toilet and washer?

Everyone once in a while, some of the pipes in our house make some noise, mainly only when you flush a the one toilet, or use the washer. When using the sinks, hoses, or shower, the noise is not ...
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Toilet Tank slow leak, have all new parts, tried all troubleshooting…help!

Just installed the Fluidmaster 400ARHRK (http://www.fluidmaster.com/our-products/toilet-fill-valves-toilet-parts/400arhrkp10-performaxr-all-in-one-toilet-repair-kit.html) and we still have a slow leak ...
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surges in my toilet

My toilet surges at night and the water heater is fine and my pipes are fine as well.no pressure regulation problem but my toilet surges at night.before it becomes a problem what can I do?
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More plumbing issues

Ok, so we broke down and called a plumber: vent stack had a major block and when that didn't stop the gurgling in our toilet, plumber installed secondary vent under bathroom sink. The gurgling stopped ...
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Plumbing issues [duplicate]

My husband and I bought a house in July. During the home inspection, water was run for upwards of 20 minutes with no issues noted. When we moved in August 1st, we instantly noticed issues with the ...
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How can I eliminate condensation on my toilet tank?

My toilet is getting a great deal of condensation on the tank and dripping onto the floor. What can be done to address condensation on the exterior of a toilet tank?
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Is there a way to make toilet porcelain dirt and stain resistant?

I'm sure this problem is present all around the world as toilet brushes are ubiquitous in every toilet I've ever been to. But this is the 21st century, there must be a better solution! Is there a ...
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What should I do about putty that fell in the toilet opening?

When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.) I tried using a vacuum to get ...
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How do I fix a leak in this toilet cistern inlet pipe?

I successfully replaced the syphon of my toilet, but on reattaching the cistern to the base, the cistern inlet pipe started leaking where it connects to the main water source. It looks like the rubber ...
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removing deposits from the toilet bowl

I've had tenants that I guess used the toilet but never flushed. Anyways, I'm unable to remove the yellow/brown deposits from the bowl, they seem to be really hard rock-like formations - I've ended up ...
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How to maintain a Saniflo waste water macerator pump?

A few years back, I installed a Saniflo pump to service a basement toilet + shower. Putting it in was a lot of fun, but I've always been worried about having it break. So every once in a while I try ...
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Flushing issue with toilet

Can someone give me helpful feedback. I recently had a clogged toiled. In fact i had to take off a toilet and go in with snake and reseal the toilet back. Now my toilets flush but doesnt flush ...
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Should my toilet flange sit on top of the backer board or the tile of the floor?

The bathroom model saga continues. The old toilet flange was rusting, and the subfloor was rotting, so I pulled up the subfloor around the toilet, and replaced the drain pipe with ABS, and an elbow. ...
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What could cause a toilet to bubble occasionally, even if sewer line is clear?

I've had a problem for the last month with my toilet emitting air bubbles when I shower. I've had sewer blockage before due to tree roots, so I thought this might be the cause. I had the line snaked ...
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Back-to-back toilet problem in old house: replumbing to code

I have a 50 year old house, with some outdated plumbing that is causing me problems. (See this for specific problems) And here's the existing connection: I will be doing some bathroom work, and one ...
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How to fix a cistern float that jams

The float in the image is in a cistern. Sometimes it jams right at the top so the water keeps on filling and doesn't stop. Is there a way to lubricate or fix this type of float to prevent it from ...
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What could that red splatter have been under my toilet seat?

I moved into a new place, the bathroom smelled like piss so I scrubbed every inch of it. Still smelled like piss. Then I got more aggressive and ripped up the toilet seat that I assumed wasn't ...
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Toilet leaking out of handle hole; pump spits water out of top

I recently noticed some water coming out of the hole where the handle is on my toilet. Curious, I decided to take a peek. When I took the lid off of the back of the toilet and flushed, water started ...
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How to unclog a toilet? (solid object obstruction)

I just accidentally flushed my toothbrush down the toilet. (Bathroom multitasking: bad idea.) The toilet still flushes, but it's draining more slowly. What should I do? EDIT Phew! After 15 ...
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What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?

I have a 1.6 gallon American Standard toilet that rocks a little from side to side. Upon closer examination, it looks like at least 1 (or both) of the anchor bolts are loose (they had corroded ...
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Can I use a “universal” flush valve (or different brand) in my Kohler toilet?

My toilet is leaking. I hear the leaking noise and sometimes I can even hear the filling valve being triggered when the level of water in the cistern becomes too low. After investigating a little bit ...
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Why mix cooking oil with epoxy to repair a toilet drain pipe?

Today we called a plumber to repair a leak in the seal of a toilet drain pipe. He used metal-filled epoxy putty to seal up the area around the leaking joint, as actually disassembling the joint looks ...
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How do I find the valves on a toilet with hidden pipes?

I just came back from holiday to find that water was pouring constantly through my dual-flush toilet, as though it's on permanent flush. A little tinkering revealed the shut off valve is broken - so ...
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Maxi Pad flushed down the toilet

I accidently flushed a rolled up maxi pad down the toilet 14 days ago at a friend's house while on vacation. We stayed at their house for 7 days and it was clogged with the pad the first day we stayed ...
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Flush valve piping, ok to go straight up instead of into wall?

I am thinking of replacing my upstairs toilet tanks with commercial-style flush valves. Normally the supply pipe to the valve goes into the wall and then upwards through the wall. In my situation it ...
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Should I be concerned if the toilet water level drops after a flush?

After flushing, the water level in the bowl drops a bit. It takes about 30 seconds and loses between one and two inches. It starts dropping fairly fast, then slows, then stops, and then the level ...
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How can I determine the size of a hanging toilet mechanism?

We would like to install a hanging toilet in an area that is 65cm wide, which is fine for us. However someone told us that the mechanism of a hanging toilet (that's hidden in the back wall) needs at ...
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What flushmate unit will fit my kohler toilets?

My Kohler toilets have tank number K-4634-AA. I think it is a discontinued model in the Cimarron family. I want to install a flushmate on one toilet to see if the bowl cleans better when flushing. I'm ...
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How can I fix a Groaning/bubbling toilet?

Our toilet "groans" when flushed- it makes a loud noise that does not appear to be correlated with anything I can see. Also, it randomly bubbles and leaves black pulpy residue inside the bowl. Is ...
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Cleaning an R&T A1250 toilet fill valve

I have a slow-filling toilet, and it looks like a common fix is to clean out the fill valve. For some types of fill valve you just push down and turn to take it apart; this one, apparently an R&T ...
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Dual Flush Conversion not sealing anymore

About a year ago we bought a dual flush conversion kit for the very old and very high-capacity toilet in the house we just purchased. I don't remember the exact model, but I believe it either was this ...
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Why does my toilet make air noises when nothing is being used?

There is no back up in sink or shower. Nothing using water is turned on. Flush handle is sometimes hard to press. Why?
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toilet not flushing properly flapper closing too soon

I installed a new flapper and it doesn't stay open long enough. the chain is short to the point not much left to shorten. it was the proper flapper but just does not stay open long enough unless I ...
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How hard is it to replace a broken-off toilet seat?

This toilet seat and lid attach to the base with a couple of big plastic screws. The plastic of the seat assembly has torn away from one of the attaching screws. It looks very easy to replace, but ...
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New Toilets Not Flushing Properly

Installed two American Standard 1.6 GPF toilets this weekend. They both worked well at first but on day two they would work for one or two flushes then stop. I ran the auger through every drain in the ...
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Why is there a continuous dripping sound coming from my toilet?

There is a dripping sound coming from my toilet. It happens about once a minute constantly. I've eliminated every possibility I could think of: I put food coloring into the tank and waited 20 ...
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How to fix a threaded toilet shutoff valve?

This valve is leaking from the area shown. I tried unscrewing the valve but it wouldn't budge. The pipe it's connected to is 60 years old, so I need to be gentle. What's the safest way to take it ...
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Is there a way to fix a small water leak in a PVC pipe from inside the pipe?

The PVC evacuation pipe from my toilet is leaking a little bit. The part of the pipe that is leaking is buried inside concrete. I am trying to find a way to fix the leak from inside the pipe, that is ...
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What should I know before having bathroom fixtures installed?

I recently removed the old towel rack in the bathroom (which was badly installed because it left huge holes inside and the rack was hanging and I had to literally tug it out, which took me ages!) and ...
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water runs in the toilet line even when it is not flushed [duplicate]

Water is running through the toilet line area as though I flushed the toilet and I did not flush it. There is no other water running in the house. No faucets, no showers, no dish washer or washing ...
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My child flushed a flashlight down the toilet, how do I get it out?

My 2 year old flushed flashlight down the toilet a couple weeks ago, and now its starting to clog. It worked fine at first, so I thought that maybe it went all the way down, but I've been having to ...
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Wall mount toilet mounting

We need to replace a wall mounted toilet. It is supported by four 1/2 inch bolts in a rectangular pattern around (presumably centered on) the outflow. The horizontal spacing is 9 inches, the ...
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How to reduce toilet tank refill noise?

The refill tube that goes from the valve into the overflow tube in my toilet tank sprays water with quite a bit of pressure and makes a lot of noise when the tank refills. It's attached with a clip ...
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What could cause my toilet to 'Gurgle'?

The last few days the toilets in the house (2 toilets) are making a gurgling noise. When I go and look, I can see the water is standing very low. When I then flush the toilet, the water either keeps ...
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quarter turn shutoff valve won't completely close

I have a quarter turn shutoff valve on our toilet that won't turn all the way off. It turns about 75 degrees and still lets a bit of water pass through. From 0-45 degrees, it feels fine, just like ...
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Installing new toilet. Does the wax ring have to fit snug around the hole in the underside of the toilet?

I got a new toilet complete with installation kit. The illustrations on the directions appear to say to apply the wax ring around the drain opening beneath the toilet then set the toilet down on the ...
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Do I need to replace this toilet ring?

You can see the ring is broken on the right side.
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What is the best way to clean toilet bowl stains?

Bought a house a little over a year ago and it was previously a foreclosure and sat for a while. Because of that, it hadn't been cleaned for a while and developed some stains around the water line in ...
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What do I do with a sewer pipe (toilet rough-in) full of cement?

I have a problem that is mind boggling. I bought a house and am now just getting ready to put a toilet in the basement, which has a cement slab. I just took the cover off the rough-in expecting the ...